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How to Grow Strawflower

Helichrysum Bracteatum Germination Information

Helichrysum Bracteatum is the botanical name for Strawflower
Helichrysum Bracteatum Seed Germination How to Sow Helichrysum Bracteatum:
  • Best sown indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out
  • Sow at 60-70° with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • Expect germination in 7-10 days
  • Seeds may also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Helichrysum Bracteatum:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Site seedlings 9-15 inches apart in full sun in an alkaline, porous, well-drained soil

Additional Care: It has only a moderate requirement for water and it loves long, hot summers. Pinch plants early on to promote a tight habit

Appearance and Use:

The mid- to late summer flowers add interest to borders and rock gardens. The flowers can be cut for use both fresh and dried. This 12-30 inch, rounded plant has narrow, green leaves and wiry flower stems. The 2- 21/2 diameter, rounded flower heads have a center of non-showy fertile florets that are ringed with showy, papery-textured bracts in shades of red, salmon, purple, yellow, pink, or white


About Helichrysum Bracteatum:
Pronunciation:  hel-i-kris’sum brak-te-a’tum
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Asteraceae, native to Australia
Common Name: Strawflower